POLICE INTERVENE TO STOP PEACEFUL MAY 17 MARCH IN NAIROBI, KENYA.

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Activists in Kenya report this morning (May 17) that police intervened to prevent them from conducting a peaceful demonstration in Nairobi city centre. They had acquired a permit ahead of the event but this was unexpectedly cancelled, just ahead of the start of the march which was due to start at Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park.
Organisers released this statement shortly afterwards via social media:
IDAHOBIT KENYA 2013 – Significance of Police stopping the procession
A procession was to start at Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park, this morning. A permit had been issued which was later cancelled by the police. The police have also stopped the procession. Why is this significant?
The proocession would have created awareness and made us, LGBTQIA Kenyans visible to others. Confining us to one place further enhances the “invisibility” of our community perpetuated by government bodies
The procession was to head over to Sheria House to give a petition to the Attorney General to scrap those laws that oppress us. This of course would attract a lot of media attention as well as putting the government “on report”. Stopping the procession denies us the opportunity to be seen publicly engaging the legal instruments of our country.
But we will not be frustrated or discouraged. We will keep going. Come Join us at the Railways Exhibition from 1pm.
For more background see also the video uploaded today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6X78OCpodE
 

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